Plastic Free July has us talking yet again and louder about what we’ve always advocated—cancelling plastic. Did you know balloons are among the top three reasons for rapid marine wildlife depletion? And, you may not believe this, but use-and-throw plastic dinnerware and cutlery used at parties is one of the biggest contributors to the 5,600 tonnes of daily waste in India. Read that again.
Now, that’s the kind of party that makes us feel the JOMO. We’d Netflix and chips instead! But… if you’d really like to make your party a party for everyone, including the planet, we’ve got just the ideas you need to make that plastic “go green” with envy and feel uninvited.
Here are 5 simple ways to #MakeTheSwitch:
#1 Ditch the single-use disposables
You don’t need that kind of negativity in your life. Recyclable and reusable plates, straws, forks, spoons, stirrers, cups and other homeware is the way to go! They are a one-time investment, are sturdier, and last longer.
#2 Rethink your decor
The world has moved on. Balloons are passé, unless you’re using the biodegradable ones. It’s time you replace the conventional balloons or the battery operated candles you’re thinking about with wayyyyy more cuter (and eco-friendly) paper decor. Or even better, DIY it! Pick out those corrugated boxes (we bet you have some BLC packaging around ;)) cut them, reshape them, throw on some fairy lights, and you’ll see most plastic decor around can be replaced in no time. The best part? You can continue to reuse them around the house even after the party is over!
#3 Pick return gifts that gift back to the environment too
What good did a plastic photo frame or table centrepiece do to any home? But… PLANTS! 😍 Level up your return gifting game with plantable cards, potted indoor plants, and succulents! Your friends can thank you later for the extra oxygen supply!
#4 Manage the aftermaths
Your bathrooms and kitchens are the secret hideout spots for plastic that might not be visible to the naked eye. Your dishwash may contain plastic microbeads that are about to land up straight into the oceans. Cut them out with sustainable cleansers and non-plastic scrubbers, and go that extra mile. Make all the clean-up effort count!
#5 Get sustainable at source
Consider sourcing the various things on your party checklist from sustainable, eco, small businesses. Most eco and small businesses produce slowly, in small batches, after considering the impacts on the environment. Fix on your sources after careful consideration and go worry-free thereafter ‘cause your plastic-free plan will then be taken care of!
These ideas are yours now. Go on, give them a try and let us know how good you feel about making the switch!